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6-year-old School Dropout May Not Live Past Teenage Unless You Help

6 years old, Inchara is a school dropout. When her friends pack their bags to go to school, Inchara packs hers for the hospital. She has not experienced much of childhood having stayed indoors for over 4 years. The little girl craves normal life and runs around the house until she passes out when her parents are not looking. She needs frequent blood transfusions to survive. Now, even that is not enough to keep her alive.

She needs blood every week to stay alive

Inchara was diagnosed with a blood disease when she was just 2-years-old. Shashikala and Basavaraj didn’t even have the Rs. 2000 needed for her tests. They had to borrow money from their relatives. They discovered she has Thalassemia. Her body destroys all the healthy blood cells, so she is constantly anemic.

“She was just tired all the time initially. After getting blood, she would be fine for a few days and then back to her bed. Now, she keeps getting cold, cough and infection because of dust outside. Her body is weak and suffers even from the trip to the hospital and back.”  - Basavaraj

'Amma can I go play outside today at least?'

Inchara has been poked so many times in these years that it hurts to lift her hand. She used to go to school 3 days a week, but now since the frequency of transfusions have increased, she had to drop out. Her body is finding it hard to cope with her growing needs. The more energy she uses, the sooner she needs blood.

“We do not let her walk around the house but she runs when we are not looking. We cannot afford blood so frequently but cannot stop her from living her life for that. Inchara needs a bone marrow transplant. It is a cure. If not, she may live only for a few more years.” - Shashikala

There is no other way to save her now

Shashikala and Basavaraj have lost count of the amount they’ve spent on their daughter’s treatment in all these years. Every visit to the hospital is a tedious one – they have to travel 3 hours from Tumkur to Bangalore for her blood transfusions, get tests done, buy medicines, and at the end of that one day, spend nearly Rs. 5000. They have to do this every 15-20 days now, and for a tractor driver earning Rs. 200 a day, Basavaraj can't afford it any longer.

“She’s been struggling for so many years. All she wants is to feel the sun, play on grass or roll around in mud. We have borrowed from too many people already for her treatment so far. It is impossible for us to get Rs. 36 lakhs to save her.” - Basavaraj
Inchara may not even live until her teenage years if she does not get a transplant. Her parents worry that their affordability will put a stop to even the transfusions.

Your support will save Inchara and give her the childhood she longs for.

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The specifics of this case have been verified by the medical team at the concerned hospital. For any clarification on the treatment or associated costs, contact the campaign organizer or the medical team.

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